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High-Stakes SchoolingWhat We Can Learn from Japan's Experiences with Testing, Accountability, and Education Reform$
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Christopher Bjork

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226309385

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226309552.001.0001

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Broadening the Discussion

Broadening the Discussion

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(p.163) Nine Broadening the Discussion
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High-Stakes Schooling
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Christopher Bjork

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226309552.003.0009

Chapter nine expands the scope of the discussion to include evidence from other nations that have introduced ambitious educational reforms recently. The commonalities between initiatives enacted in Japan, China, Korea, are Singapore are striking. In all of these places, ministries of education are promoting policies that, like yutori kyoiku, aim to dilute the influence of examinations. Another common theme is the desire to make learning more relevant and motivating to students. Finally, the chapter identifies key factors that help to explain the success of the education systems currently regarded as success stories.

Keywords:   examinations, relevant, motivating, China, Singapore, South Korea, ministries of education, key factors

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